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paragraph 3r567 and now more with rush limbaugh. >> rush, you won the award. the children's award. that's got to be fun. >> i was a bit surprised. it was unexpected to win that award. but it was a thrill and catherine and ew york to the children's book award ceremony to receive it. the great thing about it is that kids vote on these awards. book of the year. groups. i happen to win author of the year. and it's -- it it was really rewarding for me. urging me to write another book for a number of years. the late author vince lynn. and i told him convince, i have done that i had written two books back in the 1990s, oriented toward conservative policy. i said i have been there, done that and not -- he kept
plugging away. and finally catherine overheard one of these sessions or events just really trying to talk me into it she said you love american history and really concerned about what people are learning. why don't you write children books about american history. tell them the truth. that really energized me: i just want people -- the story is one of the greatest stories of the human condition ever on this planet. the story of this country and its founding. how it happened. it doesn't need to be exgear rated. it doesn't need to be embellished. it's just absolutely wonderful and it's-to-me it's almost miraculous. it's something that everybody needs to hear truthfully. but there is one thing that i will say about life today versus when i was growing up. that is there is so much pessimism today as opposed to optimism and can do and
inspiration. movies and tv shows, so much end of the world apocalyptic stuff. you look at surveys of millennials, they have lost faith in the country can tri. they don't think there is a future for them anywhere near what their parents and grandparents had. i think that's unfortunate. i would like to play a little role in becoming inspirnl and optimistic for people. this is still the best place on earth. it's still the last great hope on earth. and i think the more people, particularly young people who could understand what had to happen for this country to come into existence and stay -- become a super power in less than 200 years, it's phenomenal. and as i say, i love it. and transferring that story, making it interesting to 10 to 13-year-olds, that's a challenge. that was exciting to me. and so that's why i did it
and to get an award for the first book. author of the year, that was just -- totally unexpected and i was very graduate find, grateful to get it there is a second book is out. which is rush revere and first patriots. time travel adventures with exceptional americans. they all were. and they remain exceptional to this day. and those two are still the top five of the "new york times" best seller list for young people. it's -- it really is a thrill for me and all the people that are helping me do. this this is not something can i do on my own there are too many illustrations. there is is a lot of research to get it right. make sure that we're telling the truth in this. and it's such a wonderful thing to have it accepted like this. i can't tell you how rewarding the whole experience has been. >> rush, congratulations and i love the fact that the jury that decided this was the very people that are going to read it the young people. i think all adults should read it as well but thank you, rush.
>> thank you very much, greta. it's always really great to be with you. >> thank you. >> take care. >> and coming up, u.s. marine andrew tahmooressi is not the only one, a dallas truck driver's wrong turn also landed him in a mexican prison for months. is he here to tell us all about his ordeal next. also, i'm going to talk to you off the record. after driving around that confusing border crossing myself, i have some advice and it's not for our marines. someone else needs advice, big time. off-the-record coming up. those litt things still get you. cialis tadalafil for daily use helps you be ready anytime the moment is right. cialis is also the only daily ed tablet helpsapproved to treattime the msymptoms of bph, like needing to go freently. tell yr doctor about all your medical conditions and medicines, and ask if your heart is healthenough for sex. do not take cialis if youtake , as it may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. do not drinklcohol in excess. side effects may include headac, upset stomach, delayed baache or muscle ache. to avoid long-term injury,gety
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making a wrong turn at the border. andrew tahmooressi is not the only one. our next guest survived a similar ordeal. the. hauling ammunition in the southwestern u.s. then he ended up in a mexican prison for months. and joining us to tell his story. truck driver jaive and his mother lisa smith. welcome to both of you. and jason, how long were you
in prison. >> about seven months. >> tell me what happened to you. that you happened to end up in mexico? >>' i was making a delivery. delivery el paso. i left for el paso for first delivery and traveling toward arizona on i 70 going west. i kind of got lost on the freeway. so the freeway was kind of cut off. freeways. i end ended up on the wrong freeway. coming go over the bridge first and come back. the truck is too big to turn around right here in this spot that i'm in. i ended up going over the bridge, coming back across, all the way across. i told them the same, u.s. border patrol.
i checked in. and the next thing they said carrying any bullets? going to it arizona. they said on this side of the country, it's illegal to have bullets over here. i said every -- i'm trying to turn around and go to arizona. they say well, you have got a severous problem right now. and they explained. they put me in handcuffs and put me in custody and put knee in a little room and thrifs for the next seven months. >> elise, how did you find out your son was in prison and how horrible was it for you? >> >> thank you. well, i got a phone call from with the very disturbing message that jason called and said that he had been arrested in mexico. and oh my god. you know, just to sit here and relive it it's a horrible feeling to hear that your son has been arrested in a foreign country that neither of us
knew anything about or why. it was like we didn't get any information for days. it's just that he was under arrest. and he had been charged with trying to smuggle ammunition into mexico. and for weeks and for days, that's all i knew. i hadn't spoken with jason. the company that he was working for, was contacted. and i think jason contacted him. and he called me to tell me a little bit that he knew. but that was really about it it but it was a very terrible ordeal. very frustrating. >> jason, how rough was it in prison there? >> well, i think were terrible part about it was the fact that you don't know what's going on the whole time you are there. you have to deal with people that you don't know, you don't speak their language. you are just there. you are there with no hope. i mean, they don't tell you nothing. they -- they put new a cell with other people that you don't know. don't speak their language.
you are in a foreign country. it's like you against the world. nobody knows you. nobody in there. hopeless really. like there is no hope. there is no communication. there is no phone calls. there is no letters. you get a letter, it's like two months later. you get a phone call like once probably every two months only like five minutes. and then you don't even get a phone call. find a phone even work. it's it's like -- in my opinion, i think it's the worst thing that anybody could ever go through. >> how did you get out, jason? >> i really don't know what got me out. i really believe my mom's prayers, my family's prayers. my attorney's prayers. all the help with the people around the world, mexican people on the mexican side of r. and the u.s. side. i think it was the prayers and help. i was sitting in my cell one night and they called me like around midnight and they told me to come with them. they took me down the hallway to a little dark
room and then they told me you will be released in the morning. that's all i know. the next day i was gone. >> thank you to both of you. i'm sorry that you were there so long and had to go through it but i think you are re lucky to be out o. very unlucky to have had it happen though. anyway, thank you to both of you. >> thank you. >> all right. let's go off-the-record for a minute. let's face it. this could happen to any one of us. that means you too. we have now reported two instances of drivers, a truck driver and marine with legal contents in their vehicles, innocently making a wrong turn and ending up in mexico. and worse, ending up in a mexican prison. that's a really lousy place to be. in all likelihood, others have made turns too that are bad that ended up where they didn't want to be in mexico. those others may not have been lucky enough to have the spotlight of the media to help them get out. for all we know they are still sitting in a mexican
prison lost in a crowd. my thought? how about our government? state and federal? wise up. wise up. get more road signs, big signs like this. big arrows, big lights, clean the graffiti off the existing signs so you can read them. how about a amongsting u-turn so you can turn around if you make a mistake. the solution is obvious and simple. the government could help if they really care. and that's my off-the-record comment tonight. and a revenge plot leads to it a vicious murder spree. right now getting a closer look at the chilling manifesto left by the killing of six innocent people in a california college town.
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tum and byron york. talks to be expected but ugly. >> unions have always had problems with obamacare. they are overwhelmingly democratic. they did support it it but they wanted exceptions from some of the bigger problems. remember the cadillac tax. all they could do is get it delayed because many of them have really generous health plans. now the problem is, the same problem that has affected a will the of other people, which is obamacare mandates a certain level, a certain types of coverage. it mandates, for example, that you are able to have your child up to age 26 covered. what happens is, a lot of these unions have very generous plans, but they have been carefully negotiated over years and years and years between the company and the union. obamacare is blowing all that up and their fighting is going to make coverage more expensive and they are fighting over who pays for it. >> here is one scenario though that i was hearing from union leaders even before the bill was passed. that is particularly for lower paid workers. people who work in places
like nursing homes. there is a real possibility that they will actually negotiate for their employers not to give them benefits to go ahead and take the penalty so that they can get the federal subsidies and go into the obamacare exchanges, at which point they will have those healthcare benefits but with the taxpayer paying a fair size chunk of it. >> you have already got these problems. you have got problems with housekeepers and negotiation in las vegas. you have alaska airlines. have you got philadelphia. have you got some unions there. it is. >> you have nine casinos in downtown las vegas about threaten to go on strike. public transportation workers in philadelphia have estimated their cost in a year are going to go up $15 million and unions are saying, look, we don't want to pay for. this and it's ironic. byron says they have always had problems with obamacare but they were supportive of it today in the "wall street journal," you have a union attorney saying we were supportive of obamacare
because we thought it would lower costs. and now whether you have a union official now acknowledging. >> i mean, nothing ever goes down in this world. your houses, your automobile. nothing goes down. >> short-term versus long term. the argument from the obama administration was that costs will eventually go down. but they are certainly not going down right now. >> it is the same problem that everybody else has face -- is facing. which is if you have a plan. it currently does not have the levels of mandated coverage that are required by obama care. that is gonna cost more. and the fight between the unions and the companies is who is going to pay for that but if you are an individual, the answer is really clear, do you. >> all right, panel. i want to ask you about this as well. there is news tonight about fired "new york times" executive editor jacob abraham son. reports that abe bran some refused or declined nondisclosure agreement. is the "new york times" hiding something, karen? they have paid her to talk and to report for years. now they don't want her to
talk. >> i will tell you, i was actually sitting in the audience at wake forest university when she gave that commencement speech because my son was graduating. it was a very gracious speech. i really don't think it's in her interest to be going out and publicly beating up on her former employer. but she does seem to be winning the pr war behind the scenes. and, you know, there is a lot of stuff being leaked, i think, on both sides. >> there is something about it it and it happens across every news organization i have ever seen electronic or print is that they pay us for years and we go out there and report and tell you all and they want as much information as possible. they want us to dig dig dig and dig but not about them. when they -- when they are trying to offload us, they try to buy us out and say if you don't say anything about tus, we will pay you extra. >> employers never want their employees. >> it's not the first amendment. >> don't you think, jill abraham son will eventually write a book? >> she can because she didn't find the
non--otherwise, she would have been in a bind. she would have had to keep a lid on if. >> a lot of disparagement going on right now it is behind the scenes. we have a couple of reporters who are really shining in this story. dillon byers at politico. the new yorker. they have each got their sources who were leaking to them the whole story from both sides. the story is getting old. >> i know. i have always had a problem with news organizations who are holier than thou when they joined together to fight for the first amendment. then they don't want anything about themselves. right? >> that's a little hypocrisy, yeah. >> yes. they are corporations. >> they are still businesses and i think they have got it protect their brand. >> you don't think it's just awful? >> i mean. >> i'm not surprised that she was asked to re. >> i'm glad she did sign it? >> i give her credit for not signing it too. >> a lot of people have to sign because they need the money. anyway. panel, thank you. okay, everyone. here is what is being hashed
out right now. facebook founder and ceo mark zuckerberg trending on facebook right now. not because of some brand new social media gizmo. iran judge is summoned mark suckerberg to court. summoned over privacy violations and complaints. will he go? #spreading across the world like wildfire. a man went on a killing spree near uc santa barbara. in manifesto he blames on cruelness of women. trending since women saturday. the world taking to twitter to he is expression here is powerful one. yes all women because i shouldn't need to feel the need to own pepper spray at age 15. the word no shouldn't have consequences. i have to carry a knife on college campus yes all women. joining on twitter conversation by using the #yes all women and #greta. he will be there for you.
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get president obama announcing the u.s. mission in afghanistan will end at the close of this year and u.s. forces will be reduced to 9800. then most of those forces will withdraw by the end of 2016. the denver fox affiliate uncovering more security breaches at the v.a. the station reporting in the last three months of 2013. nearly 2300 medical breaches happened across the entire v.a. system. the v.a. sending out private patient information to the wrong patients. now, due to the risk of i.d. theft. the v.a. offering the affected veterans credit protection. the christian woman facing execution in sudan has given birth to a baby girl in prison. the woman was sentenced to death for refusing to give up her religion for marrying a christian. her sentence is expected to be carried out after she has nursed her baby for two
years. her husband is fighting for her life and for her release. and former president george w. bush is recovering after partial knee replacement surgery. president bush had the surgery in chicago over the weekend. is he now back home in dallas and reportedly doing well. and actor david schwimmer proving is he a true friend to the nypd. schwimmer helping the cops solve a crime. there was a fight that escalated in a building next to the actor's town house. surveillance cameras captured some of the brawl. the actor turned the video over to police and they caught the bad guy. way to go, ross. that's tonight's speed read. thank you for being with us. see you tomorrow night at 7 p.m. eastern and right now go to gretawire.com and answer this question. would you, that means you, vacation in mexico while sergeant tahmooressi is in prison there? now, vote in our gretawire poll because we want to give a lot of people to vote. curious what you think. look, the more people that pay attention to, this the more the spotlight, they start fixing these issues. these issues or these signs.
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